Many economists were speculating the market shift to take place last fall. However, interest rates remained low and demand for housing was still ridiculously high at the beginning of 2022. Starting in January, interest rates started to creep up quickly and didn't stop. After hovering around 3.0% for most of 2021, rates went all the way up to almost 6% in the matter of a few months. 4% interest rates didn't seem to faze buyers, but once rates got over 5%, they took notice. Some buyers fell out of the market that were only motivated by super low rates. Others adjusted their budgets to account for the rate hikes. The result has been a slowing of the real estate market over the last couple of months.
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